The Immortal Soul Fact or Fiction?
In general people are afraid of death. Some because they fear the unknown. Some because they simply do not want life to leave them. Because of this, immortality comes into play. People have, through the ages, gone to great pains and expense trying to capture immortality in one form or another. The pyramids in Egypt are a prime example of this. Yet, at this period of God's divine plan, we all come to death, and any graveyard proves this.
But is that all there is?
Most religions teach that you are born with a separate, immortal soul from the life force that allows your body to live. But let us look at what God teaches, and see if what we have been taught since early childhood, is the same as what God teaches in His word.
Since immortality is the subject of this discussion, let's start by understanding what that word means. Also since we are ultimately going to have to deal with the spiritual side of life, let us keep that in mind as we grasp the definition of the word "Immortal." Webster defines immortal as ... Im-mor-tal
1. Exempt from death (God)
2. Exempt from oblivion: imperishable.
Well, that seems clear enough, especially since we are told in the Word that "God always was and always will be." We are also told in His Word that God is everlasting.
Gen 21:33 And Abraham planted a grove in Beersheba, and called there on the name of the LORD, the everlasting God. (KJV)
We serve an everlasting God, an immortal God. We as Christians understand that it is not possible for Jehovah to die. Since this is an understanding that all Christians have, we can take this to mean exactly what it says.
Yet, Christian religions have come up with doctrines that not only conflict with this, but also deny it. Doctrines such as the Trinity, that put forth the concept that God's Son was God Himself and yet He was killed at Calvary. Now no matter how we try to rationalize this doctrine, as three natures or a mystery or whatever, the fact remains that God is immortal and as such, it is not possible for Jehovah God to die. Any concept, in any form, that says, in any way, that God could die should ring the tilt bell in any reasoning Christian. Why? Because the very word, 'immortal,' means exempt from death. Imperishable! Since God himself has told us to make sure of all things, let us do that with the concept of an immortal soul.
Would it surprise you to learn that the gift of life, after death of the body, depends entirely and completely on YOU? Would it surprise you to learn that God, the Creator of this vast universe has offered this free gift of eternal life to any and all that ask for it? This is a consistent offer throughout the Word, but can be summed up in the scripture below.
Rom 5:18 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. (KJV)
The scripture above is telling us that through the offence of one (Adam), death came to all of mankind. However, through Christ, the free gift of eternal life came to all of mankind. Now, it cannot be claimed that the earthly bodies of men do not die. Everyone knows this is not true. What is argued by non- Christian religions above is the gift of life from Christ. Just the same, the non-Christian religions on earth all have a concept of immortality in their belief, even those that absorb reincarnation. This is true also of the theory of evolution, which has its own form of immortality to it, even though it has no purpose behind it. "The universe is there because it is there" does not explain a reason, or even relate to a reason, for the universe which, our eyes clearly tell us, truly is there.
The point to all this is, immortality of the soul is prevalent no matter what kind of religion one finds or examines. Well, one might ask, could they all be wrong? Let us examine the word for a clearer understanding of this. Let us examine the word to see if earthly religions could be wrong on this point.
Since we now know that immortality means one who cannot die, what, then, does the word "Soul" mean? The word soul is a translation of the Hebrew word "Nephish" which literally means the ability to live (Strong's Dictionary). However, you will not find a single scripture in the Bible that uses the two words 'immortal soul' together. You will not find a scripture in the Bible that supports the concept of an immortal soul. But, you can in the Word of God, find scripture that denies this concept of a human immortal soul in mortal man.
Job 4:17 Shall mortal man be more just than God? Shall a man be more pure than his maker? (KJV)
And while we are speaking of the maker, or creator, the word states God is the only immortal being there is.
1 Timothy 6:16 Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen. (KJV)
Yet in spite of what the word says, religion tells us there is a portion of mortal man that is immortal. The concept of an immortal soul hinges on what people conceive as a difference between the undeniably mortal body and the life force that causes that mortal body to function in the manner we are all familiar with. The question here is what that difference is, if any. To really understand what has just been said, let us go back to Adam in the garden of Eden.
Gen 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. (KJV)
Now, notice the above scripture is saying, "Man became a living soul." It does not say he was given a soul, but that he became a living soul. It doesn't specify that Adam became a living soul but that "man" used in its generic form became a living soul. Just the same, man became that living soul by the breath of life from God. (You might also notice here that this breath of life to Adam, which God gave, has been a free gift right from the start.) Just the same, it is this breath of life that man perceives as the soul. Also, it might be noted, the body of Adam, without this breath of life, would have decayed right back to the dust it came from; which is exactly what happens to a lifeless body today. It is therefore evident that it is this "Breath of Life" that actually causes us to breathe, think, and function as living human beings. Now, we can ask, was this breath of life, we call a soul, given as and meant to be immortal. We can find out how God answers that question at Gen 2:17:
"But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die" (KJV)
Now this is an incontestable statement by the Almighty Himself. This breath of life was not meant to be immortal, or God would not have said that it could die. Just the same, it means something else also. It means that that breath of life did not have to die. It means that Nephesh, soul, or breath of life could go on eternally in Adam providing he did not eat from the forbidden fruit. But man did eat from that forbidden fruit, and just as God said he would, Adam died. Not only that, but as the scriptures will show, Adam died the very day he ate from that tree of knowledge of Good and Evil.
Now, religion has come up with the concept that since Adam lived to be 930 years old (Gen 5:5), this must have meant that it was his soul that died that day. However, we know that if his soul, or breath of life, had died at the time he ate from that fruit, then his body would have decayed into dust long before those 930 years had expired. The answer is given to us in 2 Peter 3:8 "that a thousand years are but a day in God's time. And a day but a thousand years." Therefore, in the eyes of God, Adam died the very day he ate from the tree of knowledge of Good and Evil- in fact, he died the very day he was born. You might also note here that God, in his mercy, allowed Adam to live out that day almost to its end.
But what about the soul of Adam, you may ask? What happened to the breath of life Adam was given? The Word of God answers this also in an unequivocal statement from the Almighty.
Ezekiel 18:4 Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die. (KJV)
There is nothing complicated about the scriptures above. They are clear, plain, and conclusive. Now this leaves the fact that either God is wrong or religion is wrong. Just as with Adam and Eve that decision is yours to make. But also ask yourself one other thing in this. Wasn't Satan lying when he told Eve:
Gen 3:4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: (KJV)
Christ and Eternal life!
What does this promise mean and how does it apply to what we have just learned?
That resurrection was accomplished, shown, and stated throughout the Bible is well documented in the Word.
Acts 24:15 And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust. (KJV)
That Christ has told us over and over that He holds out the promise of eternal life is also well documented in the Word.
John 5:28-29 Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,
29 And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation. (KJV)
In short, the words 'eternal life' mean you do not have to die but can live eternally, forever.
If, on the other hand, you were already born with an immortal soul that cannot die, what does this promise of eternal life from Jesus Christ mean?
In truth, if your soul could not die, it would have no meaning at all.
But, even more importantly than anything else, if the religious concept of an immortal soul were true ...
Why would God be telling us it wasn't, in the above Scriptures?
In the end, you have to answer exactly the same question Adam and Eve had to answer:
Do I believe the word of God, or Satan?
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